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Pekela (The Netherlands)

Groningen province

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Pekela municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 22 Feb 1991.

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Pekela municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 13.581; area: 50,22 km². Settlements: Oude Pekela (seat), Boven Pekela, Nieuwe Pekela.
Pekela was formed by the merger on 1 Jan 1990 of the former municipalities of Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela.
Pekela as a name is an anomaly. It is named after the Pekel A (Pekel canal), by which peat dug from that place was transported to Groningen city. Along the canal villages were built, like Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela. The villagers were peat-diggers, in very low esteem. After they got rid of our muck that region remained not very exploitable. That 'veenkolonie' and others were a feeding ground for Dutch Communism.
The ship (kofschip) on the flag refers to the Frisian Feicko Clock, who started the magnificent digging operation...
Jarig Bakker, 12 November 1999

Pekela CoA

[Pekela CoA] image from the Pekela municipal website.

Granted 19 Jul 1990.